Total species recorded during the 2015 season is 18
Common Club-tail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)
Male Four-spotted Chaser at Billinge Green 29.6.15. Photo © A Redley
At Pickmere (67Y SJ682768) Pete Leicester saw a single Brown Hawker along with Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly. Meanwhile there were plenty of Black-tailed Skimmer at Maw Green (75E SJ715581) and Railway Flash (75E SJ717587) along with Emperor Dragonfly at the former site when Andrew Goodwin visited.
Common Blue Damselflies at Billinge Green 29.6.15. Photo © A Redley
Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713) yielded plenty of activity when Alan Redley was there today. He saw Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser , Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly. Andrew Goodwin was at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ718624) and found Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, and Banded Demoiselle.
Southern Hawker exuvia at Leftwich 29.6.15. Photo © A Redley
Alan Redley reports Southern Hawker emerging at a garden pond in Leftwich (67R SJ660726).
Teneral female Southern Hawker at Leftwich 28.6.15. Photo © A Redley
David Bowman was at Woolston Eyes (68P SJ646886) where he saw Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Common Blue Damselfly.
Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Woolston Eyes 27.6.15. Photo © D Bowman
On a visit to Maw Green (75E SJ715581) and Railway Flash (75E SJ717587) Andrew Goodwin found plenty of species flying, including a couple of Emperor Dragonfly and a teneral Common Darter.
Male Blue-tailed Damselfly at Woolston Eyes 27.6.15. Photo © D Bowman
Martin Pennell reports a new site for Variable Damselfly at Quoisley Big Mere (54M SJ545455) were he also saw Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly.
On the fishing ponds at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) Pete Leicester found plenty of Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly with a solitary male Red-eyed Damselfly. Over at Railway Flash (75E SJ717587) Andrew Goodwin saw a couple of male Black-tailed Skimmer.
Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Railway Flash, Sandbach 16.6.15. Photo © A Goodwin
Steve Seal reports several Downy Emerald at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688) along with plenty of Four-spotted Chaser and a single Broad-bodied Chaser.
Female Banded Demoiselle at Macclesfield 10.6.15. Photo © David Kitching
A female Banded Demoiselle was flying at Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ905753) this morning. Other sightings included a teneral female Black-tailed Skimmer at Railway Flash, Sandbach (75E SJ717587) along with a few ovipositing Red-eyed Damselfly when Andrew Goodwin visited. Pete Leicester found Black-tailed Skimmer too, this time at Marbury Park (67N SJ655761) along with a single male Hairy Dragonfly and a few Four-spotted Chaser. A further teneral male Black-tailed Skimmer was seen at Woolston Eyes (68P SJ 649882) by Brian Baird. He also recorded Red-eyed Damselfly and a couple of Broad-bodied Chaser.
Female Blue-tailed Damselfly f.rufescens at Elton Hall Flash 10.6.15. Photo © Dennis Swaby
Brian Ainscough called at the Millennium Pond at Mudhurst Lane, Disley (98W SJ981831) and saw a pair of Broad-bodied Chaser with abundant Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.
Teneral female Black-tailed Skimmer at Railway Flash, Sandbach 10.6.15. Photo © A Goodwin
This time at at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688) Pete Kinsella saw several Downy Emerald and also emerging Four-spotted Chaser. Red-eyed Damselfly were particularly numerous.
At Middlewood (98M SJ947846) several teneral Azure Damselfly were seen.
Female Common Clubtail at Aldford 7.6.15. Photo © T Brearley
Aldford (45E SJ415596) was visited by Tracey Brearly who found Common Club-tail and Banded Demoiselle. Rob McHale was at Vale Royal (67K SJ640700) and was delighted to see several Hairy Dragonfly with Banded Demoiselle, and Azure Damselfly. Graham Bayliss reports plenty of action from the Downy Emerald at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688).
Male Banded Demoiselle at Aldford 7.6.15. Photo © T Brearley
At a rather windy Vale Royal Locks (67F SJ639704) Ray Collins found just a pair of Banded Demoiselle. Over at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688) Pete Kinsella saw a few Red-eyed Damselfly, several Azure Damselfly, and a single Common Blue Damselfly. Moving on to Black Lake (57F SJ537709) there were Large Red Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser.
Female Downy Emerald at Gull Pool 7.6.15. Photo © G Bayliss
Andrew Goodwin returned to Railway Flash (75E SJ717587) today and found a single Broad-bodied Chaser with a few Azure Damselfly, and a male Banded Demoiselle.
Female Broad-bodied Chaser at Woolston Eyes 4.6.15. Photo © B Baird
As soon as the temperature started to rise the Odonata began to appear. Today Brian Baird was at Woolston Eyes (68P SJ 649882) where he saw Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly. Colin Millington reports Azure Damselfly at Burton Mere (37B SJ313736) and Large Red Damselfly at Barnston Dale (28X SJ285840). The first confirmed Downy Emerald of the year was seen by Michael Read at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688) where it was interacting with a Four-spotted Chaser.
Male Azure Damselfly at Burton Mere 4.6.15. Photo © C Millington
The first teneral Broad-bodied Chaser of 2015 was seen today at Styperson Pool (97J SJ931795) by Philip Barnes.
If you have made any Odonata observations in Cheshire and would like to share them with others or wish to take part in the recording scheme please email me. Good quality photographs of Cheshire Odonata for use on the news pages are also very welcome.
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